New Delhi: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid feels it’s an opportunity for someone else to stand up in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah who has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a back injury.
The Indian bowling has been under criticism after their below-par show in the recent matches. Bumrah’s absence is a big blow for India for the marquee ICC event which will be played in Australia where the conditions are expected to offer pace and bounce.
India coach Rahul Dravid says – Jasprit Bumrah’s absence is a big loss
Head coach Rahul Dravid told broadcasters after the third T20I against South Africa, “Bumrah’s absence is a big loss, he’s been a great player but it happens, it’s an opportunity for someone else to stand up. We’ll miss him, his personality around the group.”
India won T20I series against South Africa
In the match, India suffered a 49-run defeat in the third T20I as they failed to chase the 228-run target at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. It was a dominant show from the South Africans as they outclassed India in all three departments.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup, India won their last two series against Australia and South Africa as Dravid is pleased with his team’s performance after an underwhelming show in Asia Cup 2022.
Dravid said, “Good to get the right results in both series. In this format, you need luck, things to go your way, especially in close games. We didn’t have that in the Asia Cup, but had some luck during the Australia series.”
Dravid happy with team’s performance
“We were able to rotate the squad a bit, pleased with how it’s gone overall. After the last T20 WC, we sat down with Rohit, made a conscious effort to be positive. The team has the batsmanship to play positively, we had to structure our squad with batting depth. Pleased with the way we’ve come along,” he added.
In the third T20I, India gave chance to Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in the batting department to give them some time in the middle with the bat.
“Today was an opportunity to give guys who haven’t had much batting to get some time. It’s hard on guys like Rishabh, Dinesh. Wish both of them could’ve continued, they were batting beautifully. 4-5 overs more and it could’ve been a lot closer. Happy with the way we kept going, Harshal and Deepak and the other guys,” he concluded.